TME: IoT and wearables development platform
An interesting solution for designers specializing in wearable electronics and Internet of Things has just entered the market. NXP Semiconductors and MikroElektronika jointly created the Hexiwear platform that transforms the approach towards designing breadboards.
The device has the looks and size of a digital watch. However, it offers a far greater functionality than features commonly connected with smartwatch products. As a complex, open project platform, Hexiwear allows you to create and test your applications using six built-in sensors of the device. What is more, the functionality of the device can easily be expanded by external sensors in the form of Click extension boards from MikroElektronika.
Popular Bluetooth Low Energy interface enables you to quickly establish wireless communication with smartphones, computers, or other Hexiwear modules. With a few Hexiwear devices, you can easily create a network of wireless sensors that will deliver the results to your smartphone in real time. The sensors may be places e.g. on an outfit or in various locations throughout the house. An additional advantage of the BLE interface is its energy efficiency, which is especially important in the case of battery powered equipment.
It should be noted that the Hexiwear platform is fully supported by NXP, the supplier of its components. Hexiwear works on the FreeRTOS real-time operating system. You can use Kinetis SDK and Kinetis Design Studio IDE for writing and modifying apps. Users have access to various information and platform resources, including: software, electrical and PCB schematics, and the list of components that were used to build it.
Free apps for Hexiwear module management, delivered by the manufacturer, are also available from Google Play and App Store. Hexiwear’s functionality can be upgraded by external sensors and modules. MikroElektronika currently offers over 200 different expansion boards (the so-called click boards), with e.g. additional sensors, peripherals, and communication interfaces.
The equipment of the Hexiwear platform has been carefully selected for wearable and IoT projects. Large number of sensors, compact size, and the possibility of operating on battery power allow for the creation of biometric applications monitoring physical activity, as well as e.g. smart home controllers.